Business leaders of the future swept the board at a trade fair and awards ceremony for young entrepreneurs.
The Young Enterprise South Downs area finals were held at Worthing Assembly Hall where pupils impressed judges with their ambitious business projects.
Two teams of Year 10 girls from Davison High School and two teams of Year 12 students from Steyning Grammar School picked up eight out of the 12 awards.
Davison’s Imogen De Vries won the young achiever award. She said: “My main ambition is to start up my own business and I have definitely been inspired to do that and I think most of my group have been too.
“I think my win was for my progress throughout the year because I have quite bad anxiety problems, which I have overcome, which I wouldn’t have been able to do before.”
Imogen was part of the Pate a Sel team, which made salt dough ornaments and won best branding and best governance.
The other team from Davison called themselves ‘Imagin8’ and produced hair accessories and dream catchers.
Imagine8 won best business plan, entrepreneurship and best website.
Young Enterprise is an education charity which teaches business skills to young people.
Students manage a live business and are judged on profits, how well they grasp the principles of commerce and their personal development.
The teams from Davison and Steyning Grammar were competing against others from Lancing College and Sir Robert Woodard Academy.
Students started selling their products before Christmas and the finals gave them the opportunity to compete against each other.
At the trade fair, attended by mayor Bob Smytherman and youth mayor Brogan Kirkby-Bott, the schools displayed their business projects at trade stands which were then viewed by judges.
Vicki Stitt, Young Enterprise co-ordinator at Davison, said: “The programme teaches students invaluable business, team building, communication and time management skills and is a truly character building extracurricular activity.”
The teams from Steyning Grammar School called themselves Wrapped Up and Prism Audio.
Prism Audio won best product for their portable Bluetooth speakers, which they designed and had manufactured in China
Wrapped Up created bespoke food and drink baskets filled with Sussex produce and won best presentation, best customer service and best overall company.
James Hansford, 17, Managing Director of Wrapped Up, said: “We are delighted to have won the overall best company award, we believe our product celebrates the fantastic variety of local fare in our region.”
Steyning Grammar School head teacher Nick Wergan, said: “Both our Young Enterprise teams have shown fantastic entrepreneurship and business acumen – they have great products and business plans and will be forces to be reckoned with in the future.”
The teams went on to the regional finals but did not win further awards.
Evoke, from Lancing College, however, won an award for media.